Ecology and Natural History of Avian Communities in North Creek
Posted 2 years ago by Ursula Valdez
School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM, Pre-Major Program
Primary PI Name : Ursula Valdez
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Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/ias/faculty-and-staff/ursula-valdez
Research Location : UW Bothell
Project Goals : Avian communities and their ecological roles are key to the functionality of ecosystems. Birds provide important services such as pollination, seed dispersal, cavity availability, and prey population control, among others. Monitoring avian populations, and learning about their natural history and ecology is an important aspect of understanding healthy ecosystems and conserving them. This project involves a long-term assessment of the diversity, abundance and composition of avian communities of North Creek’s forest, wetland and riparian ecosystems. In addition, I am working in documenting the natural history of the bird species that occur in the area. This project involves conducting avian surveys using auditory and visual surveys, distance sampling, direct observations and photo/video-recording.Project Goals: Long term monitoring of avian populations, Determine the composition and ecological roles of avian species in North Creek, build a natural history database for North Creek bird species, contribute with the conservation of species and habitats of North Creek, and contribute to the conservation and education goals of the Wetlands Research Group.
Student Qualifications : Willingness to do work in all weather and field conditions (cold, hot, muddy), ability to work independently but within a collaborative project, be familiar with local bird identification or willing to learn, and willingness to develop a side project on their own. Student training provided in research design, field methods and science communication,
Student Outcomes : Students will gain skills in field ecology research: defining research questions, formulating hypothesis, designing a study, data collection and analysis and producing a report. Creativity is always encouraged and students can produce scientific communications, but also creative scientific pieces aimed for general public.
Student Responsibilities : Meeting with mentor and peers at least every other week during the quarter. Conduct field work and all components of research projects. collaborate with peers with similar projects. Provide feedback to peers. Produce reports and ideally present on research symposiums.
Number of Student Positions Available : 3-4 positions starting fall quarter 2018
Time Frame : This is a long-term project and is conducted in all seasons. Students need to participate for at least a full quarter and attend training and bi-weekly meetings; availability of 5-6 hrs/ week.
Tags : ecology, population ecology, environmental sciences, field methods, nature and science, wildlife, birds